Jam or Cream First?

It’s National Cream Tea Day!

There are many dates in my diary that I look forward to – birthdays, holidays and family celebrations all feature high of course.  However, imagine my delight to spot one of the very best days of the whole year…. National Cream Tea Day! A day full of all things scone, jam and Cornish (or Devon) clotted cream on Friday 28th June 2019.

What could be better than a crumbly scone with cold clotted cream and the very best strawberry jam? The only problem is trying to decide just how to serve it…..the Cornish way or the Devon way?

China Fleet Country Club sits on the Cornish side on the banks of the River Tamar with views across the water to Plymouth in Devon. Who should I favour? 

There is much debate on the ‘proper way’ to serve a cream tea and even celebrities have joined the debate. Recently, Dawn French, who lives in Cornwall, re-ignited the argument when she posted a picture of a tasty Cornish Cream Tea. This was followed by the Michelin-starred Chef Tom Kerridge who posted on Twitter that it was ‘bonkers’ to suggest that the jam should be spread on a scone before the cream!

For those of you who don’t know your Cornish from your Devon, in Cornwall it’s jam first, topped with clotted cream and in Devon, they prefer cream first, topped with jam.  Who would have thought that such a tasty delight could cause so much fuss!

The precise origin of the cream tea is also disputed, though historians have found evidence that a tradition of eating bread with cream and jam existed at Tavistock Abbey in Devon during the 11th century.

But whichever method you plump for, or whichever version of history you choose to believe, one thing is certain – a cream tea takes some beating no matter which way you serve it.  And for the record….our Cream Teas and Afternoon Teas all come with Cornish clotted cream…it’s up to you how you eat it!

See you next week & see you at the Club soon,


On the Devon and Cornwall border on the banks of the River Tamar, China Fleet Country Club is one of the South West’s leading country clubs and hotel. With award winning golf, spa, beauty, gym, exercise classes, 4 star accommodation, bistro & brasserie and events, the Club is set in 180 acres near Plymouth. Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Trip Advisor Green Leaders Gold Level & South West Green Tourism Silver Awards & SW Wedding Venue of the Year Award 2019